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Northwestern State University of Louisiana 




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Dr. Randall J. Webb, President 
Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

The new academic year is under way at Northwestern. Each 
fall is special to those of us privileged to be at NSU. It 
is a time of optimism when we welcome a group of new fresh- 
men who are excited to be entering this new stage in their lives. 
We also welcome a group of talented new faculty, many of 
whom are beginning their teaching careers. I am continually impressed with the 
outstanding job our Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tom Burns 
along with our deans and department heads do of recruiting faculty from across 
the country. If you take a moment to look through our catalog at our roster of 
faculty, there is no doubt you will be impressed by the top institutions repre- 
sented. By seeking to get the best candidates available, we seek to provide the 
best possible education for our students. 

The top-flight quality of our faculty has been consistently recognized by ac- 
crediting agencies who have evaluated our academic programs. NSU is nearing 
its five-year goal of 100 percent accreditation for all eligible academic programs 
as 31 of 33 eligible programs have been nationally accredited. 

I hope each of you will make plans to join us for Homecoming activities Oct. 19- 
21. As president, it is important to me that those of you who cherish Northwest- 
ern maintain close contact with the university. It is one of the highlights of the 
year to have the opportunity to talk with many of you who return and share 
memories and stories about your time here. 

No group has a better understanding of how special this place is than our 
alumni. Northwestern is a place that is capable of changing lives for the better. I 
hope you can join us, look around and see the changes that have taken place. 
While you are here, I hope the opportunity is available to renew friendships and 
forge an even stronger bond with Northwestern. 

Chris Maggio, Director 
Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 

It doesn't seem possible, but my first year as your alumni 
director has quickly passed. I can truly say that I have 
enjoyed every minute of it. I am proud to work for a great 
institution and be surrounded by a wonderful student body, 
a caring faculty and staff, and thousands of loyal North- 
western alumni. It is a university of which all our alumni can be proud. 

In this issue, we recognize some of those people who help to make Northwest- 
ern the success that it is. Our Excellence in Teaching awards are given annually to 
faculty who were chosen by their peers as being outstanding contributors to the 
University and to their individual colleges. 

We also recognize some of our alumni for their dedication to the university and 
their contributions to their communities. Those alumni will join more than 40 
other alumni who have been inducted into NSU's Hall of Distinction, The Long 
Purple Line. 

Each of those groups will be recognized during Homecoming 2000, which should 
be an exciting weekend. We will host our traditional homecoming events, as well 
as a few new ones. The College of Education will hold a reunion, as will the Stu- 
dent Activities Board. A grand opening is also planned for the expansion of the golf 
course at the Robert Wilson Recreation Complex. The schedule of events is in- 
cluded in this edition, so make plans now to attend. 

The Office of Alumni Affairs is working to get you more current information on 
your fellow alumni, as well as get you the information you want in this magazine. 
Following the summer edition, we began sending surveys to some of our readers, 
asking their opinions of the content of the magazine. If you get one, please take a 
few minutes to complete it and return it., we are in the beginning stages of publishing a new Alumni Directory. We 
are again pleased to team up with Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company to make 
this project possible. When you get a questionnaire, please fill it out and return it. 
If you don't get one by mid-November, let us know. 

We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming and to continuously working to 
meet the needs of our alumni. The 2000-2001 academic year looks to be a success- 
ful one for our University and our alumni. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

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Volume XII Number 3 Fall 2000 

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President Tommy Chester 

Arcadia, 1969 

Vice President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, MS 1987 

Secretary -Treasurer. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985 

Executive Director Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985 


Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Carroll Long Tyler, TX 1970 

Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972 

David Morgan Austin, TX 1973 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Adrian Howard Arlington, TX 1989 

Leah Sherman Dallas, TX 1986 

John Ramsey New Orleans, 1986 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. . Natchitoches, 1984 
Leonard Endris .. Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 

Leonard Endris ... Shreveport, 1974,1975 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, MS, 1986 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Dr. B.L, Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 


David Gunn Slidell 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 
spring, summer, fall and winter. 



Chris Maggio 


Leigh Flynn 


Jennifer Anderson 

Doug Ireland 

David West 


Gary Hardamon 

Cover Design 

Steve Evans 


Northwestern State Univer.sity is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colletjes of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate. Master's, Specialist and Doctt)rate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title 
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Dis- 
crimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act 
of 1963. the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Execu- 
tive Order 11246, Sections .')03 and Section .504 of the Reha- 
bilitation Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era 
Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. 

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tudent Marketing 

&Recruiling Team 


Alumni to help Northwestern 
attract high-caliber students 

A group of Northwestern State University 
alumni have decided to make an extra con- 
tribution to NSU by serving on the first 
Student Marketing and Recruiting Team (SMART). 

The team includes Tatum Dutile of Alexandria, 
Carroll Long of Longview, Texas, Kristie McDonald 
of Woodworth, Jeremy Thomas of Marksville, Chris 
Whorton of Kerens, Texas, Ginger Wiggins of Jack- 
son, Miss., and Scott Zeagler of Starkville, Miss. 

According to Ina Agnew, director of enrollment ser- 
vices, the group is part of a strategy to increase 
Northwestern's visibility in key areas and shape the 
way the university is viewed by high-caliber students, 
parents, opinion leaders and other colleges and uni- 

"The purpose of the Student Marketing And Recruit- 
ing Team is to utilize the resources and talents of our 
alumni to identify and recruit high quality students out- 
of-state," said Agnew. "We plan to have each team mem- 
ber represent us at high schools and identify prospects 
from targeted areas. Next year, we plan to expand the 
program by asking more alumni to get involved." 

Team members will be asked to assist Northwest- 
ern by serving as a mentor to students and fellow 
alumni, contacting prospective students who have 
shown an interest in attending Northwestern or host- 
ing a reception for academically talented students and 
their parents. 

SMART will initially target two of Northwestern's 
Unique Areas of Excellence, the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. 
and Alice E. Dear Department of Creative and Per- 
forming Arts and the Louisiana Scholars' College, as 
well as NSU's athletic programs. Additional areas will 
be targeted as the program expands. 

"I am participating with SMART be- 
cause I want other students to have the 
chance to get a great education while 
being able to feel like they are part of a 
family," said Whorton. "I have and will 
continue to tell students that NSU is a 
'goldmine.' I always felt that the faculty 
were genuinely concerned with my 
progress and willing to help me if I 

Whorton says the family atmosphere 
at Northwestern was meaningful to 
him, something he will relate to pro- 
spective students. 

The team received in-depth training 
to learn how to work with school per- 
sonnel and prospective students. They 
received an update on activities that 
may be of interest to students and 
alumni and learned effective ways to 
discuss Northwestern with students 
and make presentations to help sell the 

To receive more information on 
SMART, contact the Office of Enroll- 
ment Services at (318) 357-6790. Ill 


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Faculty Notes 

^x faculty members will be pre- 
sented with Excellence in Teach- 
niaAwards during Homecoming 2000 

ivities. This award recognizes out- 
standing faculty members who were 
nominated by their peers for their 
contributions to Northwestern State 
University and their individual col- 
leges. The six will be presented at a 
banquet on Oct. 20 and during half- 
time activities on Oct. 21. Those fac- 
ulty members and their respective 
colleges are: Dr Vicki Bowman, Col- 
lege of Education; Dr. Christine Ford, 
College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Frank 
Serio, College of Science and Technol- 
ogy; Dr. Eraser Snowden, Louisiana 
Scholars' College; Barbara Webb, 
College of Nursing; and Dr. Susan 
White, College of Business. 

Dr. Vicki Bowman became an as- 
sociate professor in the College of 
Education in 1996 after serving as an 
assistant professor for four years. 
Bowman, who passed away in late 
July, served as the coordinator for 
student personnel services admis- 
sions. Along with her teaching re- 
sponsibilities, she also served as a 
counselor for individuals and groups 
of all ages. 

Bowman chaired the NCATE Com- 
mittee on Faculty and the NCATE 
Committee on Governance. She also 
was a member of the CACREP ac- 
creditation Self-Study Committee, 
the faculty senate and the Task Force 
on Cultural Diversity. Her profes- 
sional memberships include the 
American Counseling Association, 
the American College Personnel As- 
sociation, and the Louisiana Associa- 
tion of College and University Stu- 
dent Personnel Programs. 

Dr. Christine Ford has been a 
member of the NSU English faculty 
since 1989. During this time she has 
served as the president of the univer- 
sity faculty senate and the director 
of the English Graduate Program. 
She also served as the founding spon- 
sor of the campus literary magazine, 

In 1992 and 1995 Ford was the 
moderator for the Kate Chopin An- 
nual Conference and in 1990 was the 



moderator for the Kate Chopin Library Series. Along 
with her membership on the Graduate Counsel, she 
chaired the English Graduate Faculty Committee, the 
University Publications Committee and the Who's Who 
Selection Committee. 

Dr. Frank Serio is currently the coordinator of the 
Department of Mathematics at NSU. He has served as 
associate professor of mathematics since 1998 after serv- 
ing as assistant professor for six years. His recent publi- 
cations include research in the area of classroom tech- 

Serio is a member of the Mathematical Association of 
America, the American Mathematical Society, National 
Counsel of Teachers of Mathematics, and Kappa Mu 

Dr. Fraser Snowden began teaching philosophy in 
the Louisiana Scholars' College at NSU in 1989 after 
chairing the committee that developed the original pro- 
posal for the Scholars' College. Prior to 1989, Snowden 
served as a professor at NSU for 19 years. His areas of 
specialization include Eastern Religious Philosophies, 
Philosophy and Health Care, American Philosophy, Phi- 
losophy of Religions, and Great Books. 

He has served on numerous committees at NSU in- 
cluding the faculty senate, the CURIA Committee and 
the New Ideas Committee. He also chaired the Academ- 
ics Committee and the University Promotion Commit- 
tee. He is a member of Delta Phi Alpha, the American 
Philosophical Association and the United Federation of 
College Teachers. 

Diane Graham-Webb is currently the director for 
non-traditional studies in nursing as well as an associ- 
ate professor. Her clinical nursing specialties include 
medical-surgical nursing and nursing administration. 
She has served as president of Sigma Theta Tau and 
now served on the Nurses Advisory Counsel for the 
American Cancer Society. 

Webb is also a member of the American Nurses' Asso- 
ciation, the Louisiana State Nurses' Association and 
American Red Cross Nurse. She was named Northwest- 
ern State University Nurse of the Year in 1991 and 1993 
along with Who's Who in American Nursing. 

Dr. Susan White has been an assistant professor in 
the College of Business since 1994, and is the Hibernia 
Bank Professor of Business. She has served as the presi- 
dent of the faculty senate, chairman for the J. Walter 
Porter Forum, and as a member of the University Insti- 
tution Effectiveness Committee for SACS Self-Study. 

Her research has been published in "Decision Sci- 
ences", "Computing Science and Statistics", "Business 
Forecasting" and "International Journal of Business 
Disciplines." She is currently working with students to 
analyze and improve productivity at Alliance Compres- 
sors, the industrial partner for a three-year LEQSF Re- 
search and Development/ Industrial Ties Grant. 


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NSU Foundation Scholarships 

^ I ^he NSU Foundation offers 
J- a number of scholarships 
to the students of the university. 
Eight new scholarships have 
been formed this year that of- 
fer financial assistance to a va- 
riety of Northwestern students 

The Lenesse J. Alleman Schol- 
arship is available to students who 
are studying education and special 
education. The funds for the schol- 
arship were made available through 
the estate of Eleanor Alleman 
Garbrecht, who graduated from "Nor- 
mal" in 1922. The scholarship has 
been named in honor of her father 
who served as the director of the De- 
partment of Education at Northwest- 
ern for 20 years. 

The Barrien Cleavie Bailey 
Scholarship will be awarded for the 
first time this fall. Mrs. Lucy Bailey 
Howard, a 1941 graduate, endowed 
the scholarship named after her par- 
ents. The recipients of this scholar- 
ship are first-generation college stu- 
dents, an incoming freshman demon- 
strating financial need. 

The Dr. Breckenridge Theta 
Chi Endowed Scholarship will be 
awarded annually to a member in 
good standing of Theta Chi Frater- 
nity. The scholarship was established 
by Major Dan Kratz, in memory of 
Dr. Robert L. Breckenridge Jr., who 
was a faculty member in the psychol- 
ogy department and a faculty advi- 
sor for the local Theta Chi chapter. 
Consideration for the award will be 
a 2.5 GPA and participation in com- 
munity service, student government, 
and union board participation. 

The Janet Goodwin/FCA schol- 
arship is named in memory of Janet 
Goodwin, wife of former head foot- 
ball coach Sam Goodwin. The crite- 
ria for this scholarship are a mini- 
mum of three NSU semesters, and a 
GPA of 2.5. The student must also 
be an active member of the Fellow- 
ship of Christian Athletes. 

The Mimi Jordan Arts and Mu- 
sic Scholarship was established to 
provide a lasting memorial that en- 

courages and supports developing artists and musicians. This award will be for 
an upperclassman majoring in music or art. 

Sister Ann Carmel Maggio has established the Maggio Scholarship in 
honor of her parents, Sam and Carmelite Maggio The scholarship will be 
awarded for the first time this fall to a graduate of St. Mary's High School 
who will matriculate to NSU. 

A scholarship has been established to honor one of Natchitoches' favorite 
graduates. Mayor Joe Sampite. Mayor Sampite retired after 20 years of 
serving as the mayor of Natchitoches. More than 700 supporters gathered 
at a roast to celebrate his accomplishments, and the proceeds from the event 
will fund the Joe Sampite Family Scholarship. 

The Thomas N. Whitehead Sophomore Journalism award has been 
established in honor of the former teacher and department head for his 
dedication and contributions to the journalism department. Students eli- 
gible for the scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA for both freshman and sopho- 
more years, must have completed Journalism 2010 and 2510 and English 1010 
and 1020 with a B or better, and must not have taken any developmental 
courses. Other factors considered are involvement with student media and 
departmental activities as well as a potential for a successful academic career. 

The Centennial Scholarship is not a new scholarship, but is now avail- 
able to a larger number of students. It was begun in 1984 when Northwest- 
ern was celebrating 100 years of education. Since then, the endowment has 
grown from $60,000 to $100,000. The scholarship has already benefited over 
100 students. Any NSU student is welcome to apply for the scholarship. 
Anyone wanting to contribute to the scholarship fund can contact Chris 
Maggio at NSU Alumni Affairs. 

Information concerning endowed scholarships through the NSU Foun- 
dation may be obtained at the NSU Foundation Office, located in the NSU 
Alumni Center, or by calling (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. Ill 

Duchardt named first recipient 
of Watson professorship 

Implementing different approaches to teaching in college classes would 
benefit all students, according to a Northwestern education faculty member 

As the first Arthur C. Watson Professor of Excellence in Academic 
Accommodation, Dr. Barbara Anne Duchardt plans to support the faculty 
of Northwestern State University as they begin to learn, apply and evalu- 
ate research-based procedures and strategies in their classrooms. 

Duchardt, an associate professor of special education at NSU for nine 
years, was named to the professorship for the 2000-2001 academic year. 

The professorship was created through the General College and the 
Office of Disability Services with funding from the Arthur C. Watson fam- 
ily and the Louisiana Board of Regents' Support Fund. 

Duchardt will be responsible for sharing a knowledge and interest in 
disability education that will enhance the preparation of faculty and staff 
for instructional and service roles, assist in developing and conducting work- 
shops to increase awareness concerning disabilities and plan and imple- 
ment assessment of campus resources, including facilities, technology and 
academic accommodations. 

Steve Hicks, coordinator of disability services at Northwestern, said 
Duchardt is "an outstanding first recipient of this professorship. The 
initiatives she has planned will not only help students with disabilities, 
they will benefit all students." 

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Art, graphic communications programs earn accreditation 

brthwestern's bachelor's degree 
pAgrams in art and graphic communi- 

tions and master's degree program in 

udio art have earned accreditation 
from the National Association of 
Schools of Art and Design. 

The accreditation is through the 
2005-2006 academic year. 

Northwestern has gained accredita- 
tion for 31 of 33 eligible academic pro- 
grams (94 percent). The remaining two 
programs, the associate in electronics 
technology and bachelor's in electronic 
engineering technology, are seeking ac- 
creditation. All of NSU's seven gradu- 
ate programs with accrediting agencies 
have earned accreditation. 

NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb 
said the achievement was important for 
Northwestern as the university seeks 
to have all eligible academic programs 
accredited by next year. 

"One of our main goals has been 
to focus on excellence in all of our 
academic and professional pro- 
grams," said Webb. "Our faculty 
have worked with us to see that oiu* 
programs meet the highest national 
standards. One hundred percent ac- 
creditation is within our sight. I 
look forward to meeting that goal 
and continuing to strengthen all 
programs at Northwestern." 

As part of the process, the programs 
underwent a rigorous self-study which 
examined facilities, available technol- 
ogy, faculty, curriculum and other ar- 
eas. Outside consultants also visited 
NSU and made additional suggestions 
to strengthen the program. 

"This designation by the Na- 
tional Association of Schools of Art 
and Design puts Northwestern in 
the same league with major univer- 
sities across the country," said Pro- 
fessor of Art Dr. Bill Bryant, the co- 
ordinator of visual arts at NSU. 
"The process has been going on for 
more than two years. It could not 
been achieved without the support 
of the administration and a great 

deal of work by the faculty and the 

The bachelor's degree programs in art 
and graphic communications and 
master's degree program in studio art are 
part of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sn and Alice 
E. Dear Department of Creative and Per- 
forming Arts. The department is one of 
the university's Unique Areas of Excel- 
lence approved by the University of Loui- 
siana System Board of Supervisors. 

"Gaining accreditation shows 
that our programs are recognized at 
a national level," said Bill Brent, 
head of the Department of Creative 
and Performing Arts. "We hope this 
achievement will further enhance 
our designation as a Unique Area of 
Excellence. It shows the quality of 
the faculty and students in the pro- 
gram and illustrates the support for 
the arts shown by the administra-. 
tion at Northwestern." 

Brent and Bryant credited Webb, 
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. 
Thomas A. Burns, Executive Assistant 
to the President Robert Crew and Dean 
of Liberal Arts Dr. Don Hatley for play- 
ing a major role in helping the pro- 
grams gain accreditation. 

The major responsibility of the Na- 
tional Association of Schools of Art and 
Design is the accreditation of education 
programs in art and design, including 
the establishment of curricular stan- 
dards and guidelines for specific de- 
grees and credentials. 

The Association also provides coun- 
sel and assistance to established and 
developing institutions and programs. 
NASAD is recognized by the United 
States Department of Education as the 
agency responsible for the accreditation 
of all art and design curricula. In addi- 
tion to the accreditation and consulta- 
tion functions of the Association, 
NASAD publishes books and reports, 
holds an annual meeting and other fo- 
rums, and provides information to the 
general public about educational pro- 
grams in art and design. Ill 

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Campus Ncnei 

standards to be 

in school and graduate. By raising admissions criteria and expectations, pro- 
spective students are more likely to raise their performance both in college 
and in their careers." 

Webb emphasized the new standards were developed in consultation with 
the university's faculty. Criteria for graduates of non-accredited high schools, 
international students, non-traditional and special admissions students were 
also developed. Ill 

Northwestern will implement ad- 
missions standards for incom- 
ing freshmen beginning in the fall 
2001 semester, according to Presi- 
dent Dr. Randall J. Webb. The policy 
w£is approved by the University of Loui- 
siana System Board of Supervisors. 

Incoming freshmen wishing to 
enter four-year degree programs at 
NSU will be required to have: 

— scored at least a composite 
score of 18 on the ACT exam or 850 
on the SAT; 

— earned an overall high school 
grade point average of at least 2.5; 

— received a performance or tal- 
ent-related scholarship from North- 

Webb emphasized that North- 
western remains committed to pro- 
viding higher education to all who 
seek it. Those students who do not 
qualify to enter a four-year program 
can be admitted to NSU in a two- 
year program. Those students must 
complete 30 hours in non-develop- 
mental courses with a cumulative 
grade point average of at least 2.0 
and must complete any developmen- 
tal courses with a 2.0 grade point 

"This is an important step for 
Northwestern as we continue im- 
proving our academic programs," 
said Webb. "The implementation of 
admissions standards lets students 
know that they should be prepared 
for the demands of college when they 
begin their academic careers." 

Bobby Jindal, president of the 
University of Louisiana System, 
commended Northwestern's move, 
saying the standards are "only the 
first step" in attracting the best stu- 
dents and improving student reten- 
tion and graduation rates. 

"We applaud Northwestern for its 
move to admissions standards," said 
Jindal. "Students who are prepared 
for college are more likely to remain 

Local school districts, the Louisiana Middle School 
Association, the Louisiana Department of Education, 
the state Board of Regents and Northwestern State 
University have collaborated in an effort to improve teacher 
preparation for middle level education. 

The Middle School Online Staff Development Initiative 
will serve as a valuable resource to educators in preservice/ 
inservice teacher training and will be available online. 

Educational partners in the project have developed a 
web-based workshop series which addresses the areas of 
change identified with successful middle schools. Those 
three areas are the middle school concept, technology in- 
tegration and new academic curriculum standards imple- 

"This initiative will make available those keys to success- 
ful teaching in a convenient manner," said Dr. Robert Gillan, 
associate professor of education and director of the educa- 
tional technology program at Northwestern State Univer- 

Undergraduate students in elementary and secondary 
education, special education, alternative certification and 
graduate programs in educational leadership, educational 
technology and adult education will benefit from the online 
staff development initiative as well as middle school teach- 
ers and administrators throughout Louisiana. 

More than 20 workshops are available online in the three 
focus areas. 

Those addressing the middle school concept include 
"Teaming in Middle Schools," "Curriculum Integration," 
"Assessment of Middle School Students," and "Study Skills 
for an Inclusion Class." 

Technology has become an integral part of life in the edu- 
cational community. In a learning environment where tech- 
nology is truly integrated and not taught as a separate class, 
students and teachers use technology tools to enhance all 
areas of the teaching and learning process. 

Those workshops regarding technology integration in- 
clude "The Connected Classroom," "FrontPage 2000," 
"Teaching with Technology," '*Video in the Classroom," and 
"Learning Online." 

For more information on the initiative, contact Gillan at 
(318) 357-5516 or via e-mail at 

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Faculty efforts help NSU get $600,000 
in grants for academic enhancement 

Fifteen faculty members at NSU have received grants totaling $603,809 
from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, according to Direc- 
tor of Research and Sponsored Programs Dr. William Hunt. 

These proposals are designed to enhance the infrastructure of academic, 
research or agricultural departments or units and to promote economic de- 

"The faculty at Northwestern have again done an exceptional job of ob- 
taining grants which will help provide better instruction in the classroom 
and aid in our state's economic development efforts," said NSU President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb. "The Board of Regents Support Fund has been a tre- 
mendous help to the faculty, staff and students at Northwestern and the 
other institutions in the state." 

Grant proposals receiving funding and the principal investigator were: 

• Dr. Sally Hunt, "Mathematics and Science Teachers Integrate Technol- 
ogy: Graduate Teaching Fellows at Northwestern State University," $24,000; 

• Dr. Norann Planchock, "Recruitment of Superior Family Nurse Practi- 
tioner Fellows for Northwestern State University, College of Nursing, 

• Dr. William Barnett, "Advanced Information Technology Classroom," 

• Dr. Lisa Abney, "Enhancing Students' Ethnographic Fieldwork Activi- 
ties Through Equipment Acquisition," $6,386; 

• Dr. Dean Lauterbach, "Training Therapists for the Millennium," $18,400; 

• Corinne Pearce, "Incorporating Technology into Library Instruction," 

• Dr. Patricia Phelps, "Enhancing Instruction of Molecular and Genomic 
Biology," $90,000; 

• Dr. Thomas Hall, "Flexible Manufacturing Training System, $127,188; 

• Dr. Adam Jannik, "Fluid Power Training System," $129,864; 

• Dr. Michael Land, "Biological Enhancement for Applied Methods in 
Educational Development," $20,000; 

• Dr. Roland Pippin, "Multi-media for the Social Sciences," $15,000; 

• Dr. Comfort Pratt-Panford, "Enhancement of Foreign Language Educa- 
tion by Means of a Language Resource Center," $15,000; 

• Dr. Helaine Razovsky, "Strengthening Sophomore Literature Surveys 
Through Enhanced Video Technology," $3,158; 

• Dr. Mark Bates, "Out-of-Season Spawning and Subsequent Grow-out of 
Green Sunfish x Bluegill Sunfish Hybrids in Louisiana," $19,621; 

• Dr. Martin Rudd, Dr. Gillian Rudd, "A Preliminary Investigation of the 
Germanium-Oxygen/Stone Interface," $49,546. Ill 

Nellie Clayton embraces the bust 
of her late husband. Coach Jack 
Clayton, during dedication ceremo- 
nies for "The Jack Clayton Plaza" last 
fall. The bust is the focal point of the 
plaza, which is located on the south 
end of the football field in Turpin Sta- 
dium. A total of $75,000 was raised 
for the project through private dona- 
tion, with $42,000 being utilized for 
plaza construction. The balance is 
being used to establish "The Jack 
Cla5^on Endowed Football Scholar- 
ship." Project committee members 
hope to continue raising funds for the 
scholarship, and have set a goal of 
$100,000, which would fund one full 
football scholarship annually. Con- 
tributors of $100 or more would be 
entitled to place their name on a brick 
in the plaza. A second reunion of 
Clayton's players is set for Oct. 7. For 
more information or to discuss mak- 
ing a contribution to the Jack Clayton 
Scholarship, call (318) 357-5251. Ill 

Finding the most current addresses and telephone numbers for fellow 
Northwestern State University alumni will soon be easier. Northwest- 
ern State University's Office of Alumni Affairs has teamed up with Ber- 
nard C. Harris Publishing Company to produce a new Alumni Directory, 
which will be the most complete and up-to-date reference of more than 
25,000 Northwestern alumni. 

In November, the publishing company will begin mailing questionnaires 
to each alumnus to obtain their current information. 

Once the questionnaire is received, alumni are encouraged to complete 
and return it before the deadline, which is in early spring. Alumni will 
then be contacted by Harris directly to verify that the personal informa- 
tion is accurate. The directories should be delivered by September 2001. 

Any alumnus not wanting to be listed in the Alumni Directory should 
contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. 

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Whether it was done on the 
local or national level, there is 
no question that the six North- 
western State University 
alumni being inducted into 
NSU Hall of Distinction this 
Homecoming have brought rec- 
ognition and made significant 
contributions to the University. 

The Long Purple Line- 

Dudley Fulton 

Elise P. James 
Larry W. Rivers 

Joe Sampite 

Jackie Smith 

Ralph Ropp 

Those Long Purple Line inductees, who will be hon- 
ored Oct. 20-21 during Homecoming 2000 festivi- 
ties, are Dudley Fulton, Elise P. James, Larry Riv- 
ers, Joe Sampite, Jackie Smith and the late Ralph Ropp. 

The six alumni will join more than 40 other alumni 
who have been inducted into the NSU Hall of Distinc- 
tion, the Long Purple Line, for their dedication to the 
university and their contributions to their communities. 

Joe Sampite, recently named one of the Top 100 
Influential People in Northwest Louisiana, retired this 
year after serving as mayor of Natchitoches for 20 years. 

Shortly before his retirement, Sampite was named 
professional of the year by the Louisiana Association 
for Retarded Children. He was also named man of the 
year by the Natchitoches Jaycees, Louisiana Parks and 
Recreation and the Natchitoches Parish Chamber of 
Commerce. He is a life member of the Chamber of Com- 
merce, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion 
and the Founders of Natchitoches. He was the first re- 
cipient of the Louisiana Municipal Association's 
President's Award. 

Sampite, a native of Cloutierville, earned a business 
education degree from Northwestern in 1959. He served 
in the National Guard and the U.S. Air Force prior to 
beginning a coaching career. He coached basketball and 
baseball at St. Mary's High School and Jesuit High 
School in Shreveport. 

Jackie Smith, a fixture for 15 years with the St. 
Louis Cardinals, was an outstanding track and football 
competitor at Northwestern. The 1963 business gradu- 
ate was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 
1994. He finished his career as a tight end with the 
Dallas Cowboys in 1978. 

Smith, who was born in Columbia, Miss., played in 
five Pro Bowls and had 40 or more catches in seven sea- 
sons. He played in Super Bowl XHI with the Cowboys. 
At the time of his retirement, he ranked as the all-time 
receiver among tight ends. He has served as honorary 
chairman of NSU's Athletic Association Fund Drive. 

Ralph E. Ropp, a Natchitoches native who retired 
as a colonel from the U.S. Army, served as executive di- 
rector of region activities and vice president of regional 
programs for the Association of the United States Army. 

Ropp served in the military for more than 27 years. 
From 1970-1973, he was director of a $3 million pro- 
gram to improve the lifestyle of soldiers at Fort Polk. 

He served three years in the Pentagon and retired from 
active duty as public affairs director for the Military Dis- 
trict of Washington in 1978. 

Ropp, who earned his bachelor's degree from North- 
western in 1950, also served as press officer at the U.S. 
Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and as a public 
affairs officer in Vietnam. He was later named director 
of Army internal information for the Department of the 
Army in Washington. He later served as public affairs 
officer for the NATO headquarters in Turkey. 

Larry W. Rivers, who served four years as adjutant 
general of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, owns a busi- 
ness consulting firm. Rivers & Associates. 

The Alexandria, Va., resident worked his way up from 
VFW Commander-in-Chief, which is the highest elective 
VFW office, to adjutant general in six years. Also during 
that time. Rivers served as executive director of the VFW 
Washington Office. 

As adjutant general. Rivers was responsible for the 
overall operation and supervision of the national head- 
quarters and the Washington Office. He was involved in 
every aspect of the organization, which is 2.1 million 
members strong. 

Rivers came to Northwestern in 1964 on a basketball 
scholarship. He was in the first Kappa Sigma pledge class 
at Northwestern. He is a native of Pitkin, where his 
mother. Rose Rivers still resides. 

Rivers graduated in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in 
government. He earned his juris doctorate from Loyola 
University in 1974, and was an attorney in Alexandria 
for 15 years. 

Dudley Fulton, a resident of Natchitoches, served 
as dean of men at Northwestern for 23 years and was 
co-founder of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity 
at Northwestern. Leonard O. Nichols, who was also in- 
strumental in bringing the fraternity to campus in 1959, 
was inducted into the Long Purple Line last year 

Fulton graduated from Northwestern in 1935. He got 
involved in student personnel work at Northwestern in 
1948 as associate director of student personnel. Fulton 
also served as dean of men and director of student per- 
sonnel. Fulton was responsible for implementing the 
master's degree program in student personnel services. 

The native of Baker and graduate of Campti High 
School was listed in Who's Who in American College and 

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University Administrators. After stepping 
down as dean of students, Fulton returned 
to the classroom as a professor of psychol- 
ogy, where he taught for three years. 

Elise P. James, former director of alumni 
development at Northwestern, was the first 
recipient of the President's Distinguished 
Service Award at NSU. 

While raising a family, James earned a 
bachelor's degree in business from North- 
western in 1968. She earned a master's in 
1971. After earning her graduate degree, she 
became an instructor of business adminis- 
tration and office management in 1972. 

In 1982, she was promoted to the rank of 
assistant professor of business administra- 
tion and office management. Three years 
later, James was named coordinator of 
alumni activities and assistant professor of 
business. She was named director of devel- 
opment and alumni activities in 1990 and 
director of alumni development in 1995. She 
retired in 1997. 

The inductees will be honored during the 
annual Homecoming Banquet on Oct. 20. 
They will also be recognized during the 
Homecoming game. Ill 

David Stamey and Jerry Brungart are 
really cooking when it comes to tailgat- 
ing atTurpin stadium. All alumni are invited 
to visit the alumni tent prior to each game. 
Pictured with the cooks are members of the 
NSU Pom Pon line Lauren Kenaley, Katie Dol- 
lar, Rebecca Kaiser and Jennifer Wilson. 

NSU's Career/Graduate Day, which is set for Sept. 26 in the Ball- 
room of the Friedman Student Union, is open to current stu- 
dents and alumni. From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., alumni and seniors 
can meet with prospective employers. The Career Day is open to all 
classifications from 11 a.m. until noon. For more information, call 
Paula Shuford in NSU's Office of Counseling and Career Services at 
(318) 357-5621 or contact her by e-mail at . 

TIhe Second Annual Basketball Extravaganza is being organized. 
The event will be held in October in the home of Drs. Carter and 
Bernadette Boyd in Bossier City. At the time of printing, the date 
had not been finalized. For more information, call (318) 741-9863 or 
(318) 226-8961. 

Northwestern alumni can listen to radio broadcasts of all 
Demon football and men's/women's basketball games, as well 
as selected baseball and softball games, on the wWorld Wide Web at 

Northwestern State University alumni might recognize the name 
of a competitor in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Austrailia. 

Shreveport native LaMark Carter, a five-time triple jump cham- 
pion, competed in the early 1990s at Northwestern State. 

After narrowly missing the 1996 USA Olympic team and four 
years of training, brimming with the promise of redemption, Carter's 
Olympic dreams hinged on one final attempt. 

Carter, the pre-meet favorite, was in fourth place entering the 
sixth and final round of competition. The top three finishers earned 
spots on the Olympic team. 

The dreams came true for the Shreveport native when he nailed 
a 55-7 3/4 jump, good for second place, 1 1/2 inches away from top- 
ping Robert Howard for first. 

The triple jump competition begins Sept. 23 with the finals on 
Sept. 15 in Sydney They will be televised on NBC. Ill 

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The Alumni Columns staff is pleased with the response we've 
had regarding "Looking Back." We hope to spark some of those 
memories of the University with the following excerpts from the 
1985 Potpourri, which recognized our Centennial Celebration. 
Did you know ... 

... In 1885, Normal's dormitories did not have bathtubs, showers 
or electricity. 

... In 1921, it was forbidden for a Normal school girl walking to 
town to accept a ride from a single man. However, it was correct 
and proper to accept a ride from a married man. 

... Registration fees were $2 in 1913. 

... The catalog from 1911-1912 stated that it was "harmful for 
students to have too much spending money, and simplicity in dress 
is desirable." A few yeai's later, parents were urged to have their 
daughters' clothing made at home and to forbid them to alter their 
dresses to conform to "extravagant and extreme fashions." Ill 

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Thursday. October 19 

Ladles Bingo Brunch 

NSU Retirees Reception 

1 :«) .1 m NSU Hot)ort W Wilson Recreation Complex 


.' 1 p 111 . Alumni Center 

This hit event returnsi Enjoy a New Orleans style brunch 

f , 

Mt'ception for nil Northwestern Retirees 

.vliile pliiyiiKj s<>v(! games of Bingo" Prizes awarded* Cost 
IS SI 5 per person, and advanced reservations are required 

Friday, October 20 

Call the Alumni Affairs Office at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799 

Homecoming Golf Tournament/Grand Opening 

t I'f, for details Reservations should be made no later than 

of expansion of Robert W. Wilson Recreation Complex October 19 


I ome participate in the annual golf scramble on the new 18- 


iiole course for $35 per player (includes lunch by Coach Gene 

N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 


iMiecht). Two (2) tee times — 8:00 am. and 1 :30 p.m. Reservations 

10 00 am Steve and Lori Stroud Hospitality Room, Athletic 

H be made by calling (318) 357-3207 or you may join us for the 



Grand Opening luncheon and ceremony at noon for only S7. 


Call the Alumni Center for reservations at 888-799-6486 

University Bookstore Open 

9 00 a m -2 00 p m -Student Union 


Alumni Association Board Meeting 

Go by the bookstore and buy all your NSU memorabilia! 


10:00 am Cane River Room. Student Union. Annual Board of 


Directors meeting open to the public. 

NSU Foundation Board Meeting 

1 30 p.m Cane River Room, Student Union. Open to the public 

Homecoming Parade 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) — Campus/Town Annual Homecoming 
Parade for both Northwestern and Natchitoches communities. 
Begins at Prather Coliseum and ends at downtown riverbank. 
Pep Rally on the riverbank to follow parade. 

Reception — President's Home 

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m by Invitation only 
Honoring Alumni Board. Foundation Board. Distinguished 
Faculty recipients. Long Purple Line recipients and past 
Student Activities Board presidents. 

Homecoming Banquet 

7:30 p.m. Student Union Ballroom. Annual banquet honoring 
Long Purple Line recipients and N-Club inductees. Tickets are 
SI 5 per person and can be purchased at the Alumni Center or 
by calling (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. Social hour pnor 
to the banquet will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of 
the Student Union. 

Saturday, Oct. 21 
5k "Run for Richard" 

S 30 a.m.— Begins at Walter P Ledet Track Complex. Cost is 
S 1 5 per person, which includes T-shirt and game ticket. 
Advanced reservations are required. Call 318-357-5251 for 

Former Student Activities Board Presidents Reception 

10 30 a m -1 30 p m Cane River Room, Student Union 
Reception honoring all former Student Activities Board 

Alumni Tailgating 

1 1 00 a.m.-l 30 pm— Tailgating Field adjacent to Turpin 
Stadium. All NSU alumni are invited to drop by the alumni tent 
to grab something to eat before the game. It will be a great 
time to visit with friends that you haven't seen in awhile. 

Tailgating Activities 

1 1 00 am -1 30 p m — Tailgating Field adjacent to Turpin 
Stadium. Various groups including the Greek organizations. 
N-Club, and College of Education will be tailgating pnor to the 
football game. 

Pre-Game Activities 

1 30 pm— Turpin Stadium 

Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of Northwestern 

fi/larching Band and other game day activities. 

Homecoming Game vs. McNeese State 

2:00 pm— Turpin Stadium 

Halftime Ceremonies 

3:30 p.m. (approx.)— Turpin Stadium 

Band Alumni Party 

5 00 p.m (approx )— Alumni Center 


details. Proceeds will benefit the Richard Ware Scholarship Fund 


Post-game Reception for Homecoming Court 


College of Business Alumni Breakfast 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) Steve and Lon Stroud Hospitality Room. 


8:30 a.m. Student Union Ballroom. All graduates of the College 

Athletic Fieldhouse (by invitation only) 


of Business and friends are invited to attend a breakfast that 


will honor Inductees of the College's Hall of Distinction. For 

N-Club Activities (members only) 


more information, call 318 357-5161. 

Immediately following the football game — Shnners Club 


Demon and Lady Demon Basketball Practice Morning— 

Boogie on the Bricks " 


Prather Coliseum 

5:00 p.m. (approx.)— Front Street. Historic District. 
Natchitoches. Join Demon fans in the Historic District for 


College of Education Reunion 

music, food and drink as Natchitoches puts on its best for the 


8:30 a.m.— Teacher Education Center 



All graduates and friends of the College of Education are 


invited to attend a breakfast that will honor the first inductees of 


the Colleges Hall of Fame. For more information, call the 


Alumni Office at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. 



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renovated Shreveport 


Deborah A. Whitney Cloud 

Regional Airport. He was 

has two children and is 

Lucille L. Hughes Puckett 

appointed by the Shreve- 

Madeline L. Buchanan is 

employed by Disability 

Cindy A. LeDoux White 

retired in 1977 after 38 

port mayor to serve a five- 

currently the library media 

Determinations in 

lives in Leesville and is a 

years of teaching. She is 

year term as Shreveport 

specialist at William J. 

Shreveport as an eligibility 

business/computer teacher 

living in Collinston. 

Regional Airport Chair- 

Christian School in 


with Burkeville Indepen- 


Birmingham, Ala. She is 

dent School District. She is 

Listen A. Johnson is 

married to William C. 

Paula A. Jones Tripp, 

married to Jason White 

retired and living in New 


Buchanan, former director 

Ph.D., lives in Davis, 

('86) and they have two 


Robert H. Day is married 

at Watson Library at NSU. 

Galif., and is a region 
supervisor with the 


Melva Ash Mayson Maxey 

to Nelia F. Shaw Day 

Janice Bolton Lancaster 

California Department of 


is retired after 34 years of 

('63). He worked for 25 

teaches second grade in 


teaching. She lives in Lake 

years at Cooper-Belden 

Shongaloo. She and her 

Richard L. Fillet is a field 


Wire & Cable as an 

husband C. Steven 


service engineer for GE 

industrial engineer. He is 

Lancaster ( '68) have a 

Medical Systems in 


currently employed as a 

daughter who will graduate 

Valerie J. Andrews is living 

Greenville. S.C. He lives in 

counselor for Louisiana 

from NSU in December 

in Greensboro, N.C., and is 

Easley. S.C, with his wife 

John Ivan Falkner. 

Workforce (formerly 


employed by Cameo 

Carol Eddy Fillet ('81) and 

president of Falkner 

JTPA). Robert and Nelia 

Manufacturing, Inc. as an 

two children. 

Laboratories, lives in 

Day have three children 


advertising/PR manager. 

Bossier City. 

and four grandchildren. 

Cynthia Anne DeCoux 

Donna Lynn Coffey 



Anita Rose Thedford 

Stone lives in Richmond, 

Hathom, married to NSU 

Jo Beth Grovenburg 

Jaworski lives in Highland 

Va. She is pursuing her 

graduate Jeff Holden, 

Bourgeois is a recovery 

Patricia Ann Powell 

Village. Texas. She is a 

career as a special 

teaches nursing at 

room nurse with the 

Graves is retired and is 

dietitian with Medical 

education teacher with 

Southeastern Louisiana 

Abbeville General Hospital 

currently living in 

Center Lewisville. 

Henrico County Public 

University in Hammond. 

in Abbeville. She is 

Gulfport. Miss. 


They have been married 26 

married to Edward 

Henry M. "Mike" Hyams 

years and have four sons. 

Bourgeois Jr., and they 


Jr. retired after 28 years as 

Deborah Pratt Vogel was 

have four children. 

vice president and dean of 

named "Nurse of the Year" 

Theresa Louise Lascari 

William Calloway Wilhite 

student affairs from North 

for the Office of Public 

Kaiser obtained her MSN 

Sara Lane 11 Peace Ebarb is 

Jr. is president of Wilhite 

Georgia College State 

Health in the Shreveport 

in June 2000 from the 

the principal of Forest Hill 

Moving and Storage. Inc. 

University. He is living in 

District Nurses Association 

University of Phoenix. She 

Elementary School in 

in Bossier City. 

Dawsonville. Ga.. with his 

in May. She is employed at 

is maiTied and has three 



the Webster Parish Health 




Unit in Minden. 



Faye Katherine Gaspard 


Monica Lee Padgett is 

Foreman retired as an RN 

Nelia F. Shaw Day retired 

Lydia Cofield McGee is 

married with two girls. She 

from the Green Clinic in 

June 2. 2000. Her nursing 

James W. Campbell retired 

currently residing in Baton 

lives in Ashland, Ohio, and 


career included 10 1/2 

from the city of Shreveport 

Rouge and is employed by 

is working as a pediatric 

years at Golden Age 

after 27 1/2 years of 

the East Baton Rouge 

RN with Wooster Clinic 


Nursing Center; 3 1/2 

service. He is .spending his 

Parish School Board as a 


years at LaSalle General 

retirement substitute 

teacher. She received her 

Hardy Nicholas Rose lives 

Hospital; and 20 years as a 

teaching and serving as 

master's degree from 


in Prescott, Ariz. He 

school nurse. She is a 

part-time greeter at a 

Northwestern in 1983. 

enjoys playing in the 

member of the Louisiana 

Shreveport Funeral Home. 

Jason M. Tinsley married 

Central Arizona Concert 

School Nurse Organiza- 

James W. Jernigan is a 

NSU graduate Sonia Cox 

Band and the Yavapai 


Leonard Ford Jr. currently 

partner with Arthur 

Tinsley. They are residing 

College Symphonic Band. 

resides in Alexandria. He is 

Andersen LLP in New 

in Bossier City, where he is 


a community services 


the head men's basketball 


specialist with the state of 

coach at Bossier Parish 

Percy M. Morrow, married 

Louisiana, Region IV 


Community College. 

Billie Sunshine Walker 

to 1966 NSU graduate M. 

Office for Citizens with 

Ogden is the director of 

"Susie" Wales Morrow, is 

Developmental Disabilities. 

Betty LaJuan Wood 

Latisha Anne Fair Payne is 

curriculum training with 

living in Livingston, Texas. 

MacDonald is retired and 

a paralegal with the 

Region VII Education 

Both are enjoying their 


living in Frederiksted. St. 

Louisiana Municipal 

Service Center in Kilgore, 


Croix. U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Association in Baton 


Deborah Nell Thomas 


Horace Johnson lives in 

Filler teaches fourth grade 

James Perry Jr. was 


Apex, N.C., and is a 

at Benton Elementary, 

recently promoted to vice 

Suzanne Johnson lives in 

commercial director with 

Benton. She has one child. 

president of Henley 

Germantown, Tenn. She is 

George D. Lynch is the 

Aventis Crop Science. 

Healthcare in Sugar Land, 

a staff RN with the 

assistant dean of students at 


Texas. He is married to 

Methodist Hospital and is 

Georgia Southern University 


Nancy Durden Perry ('81) 

proud of her six grandchil- 

in Statcsboro. Cia. 

Meade Hubbard Phelps is 

Christine Tara Guidry 
Gatlin as employed as unit 

and they have two sons. 



an emergency department 

manager career services 


Holly Ann Gaspard Barton 

physician with East 

with Baton Rouge General 

works for the USDA 

Ted Roberts, a State Farm 

Jefferson General Hospital 

Metlical Cenlcr in Baton 

Jackie Dees Domingue 

Forestry Service as a 

insurance agent in 

in Metairie. 


received her Ph.D. in 

hunting permit volunteer. 

Shreveport, was awarded 

English from Texas A&M 

She lives in Dry Prong with 

the 1999 Image Award for 

University in May. 

her husband and two 

his help in the newly 


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Darryl D. Andrews Jr. is an 
agent with State Farm 
Insurance in Fayetleville, 

Misty Lynn Eserman Alvis, 
presentation graphics 
manager with JC Penney 
Inc.. lives in Irving, Texas. 


Darryl K. Willis lives in 
Houston, Texas, and is a 
geophysicist with AMOCO. 

Milton Paul Constransitch 
is a salesman with C & D 
Group in Lafayette. 

Connie L. McMillan is 
employed with Franklin 
Southland Printing 
Company in Metairie. 

Andrew Roach is a clinical 
director with Birch Tree 
Communities Inc., and lives 
in Bryant, Ark. 


Scott D. Venus of Duluth, 
Ga., is a health care 
representative for 
Chamberlin-Edmonds & 
Associates in Atlanta, Ga. 

Jason B. Parks, married to 
Kelly Carpenter Parks 
("91 ), is the director of 
workforce development 
with the Central Louisiana 
Chamber of Commerce in 

George Robert Shafer III of 
Metairie, is married to 
Diana Bolen Shafer ('94). 
He is an internal auditor for 
Hibernia National Bank in 
New Orleans. 

B. Scott Andrews is an 
attorney with the firm Due". 
Caballero, Price, Guidry, 
Piedrahita & Andrews. He 
and his wife had a son born 
in February. 

Nancy D. Manning 
Beckwith is a sixth grade 
communication skills 
teacher at East Hoke 
Middle School in Raeford, 
N.C. She lives in Lumber 
Bridge. N.C, with her 
husband and they have 
three children. 

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An emphasis on quality has helped a Northwestern graduate be part of a family com- 
pany whose product is in demand around the world. 
William Almond of Coushatta, a 1973 business administration graduate, is part of the 
family which operates Almond Bros. Lumber Company in Coushatta. Almond Bros, exports 
southern yellow pine lumber to Europe and South America. Earlier this year, the company 
was named Small Business Exporter of the Year by the Export-Import Bank of the United 
States. In 1995, Almond Bros, was chosen as Louisiana Exporter of the Year. 

"We stress quality in our business and de- 
veloping buyer loyalty," said Almond. "We 
want people to go back and look for our wood. 
There are a lot of competitors, so we have to 
build that loyalty" 

Almond Bros, was founded in 1947, and 
Almond has worked there in one capacity or 
another since he was eight. He turned down 
an opportunity to work for the Federal Re- 
serve to remain with the family business. 

At one time. Almond Bros, was a sawmill, 
much like the ones in practically every com- 
munity in north Louisiana. But many of 
these independent mills were driven out of 
business when paper companies began to 
build large sawmills that could absorb 
greater losses than those family-owned busi- 
nesses. The Almonds realized in the early '90s 
that they would have to change the way they 
did business to survive. 

"We started exporting slowly, then decided 
we would have to be exporters or be domes- 
tic," said Almond. "So we went to Europe and 
began learning the customers." 

Almond is responsible for the company's 
sales in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, 
Italy, Greece, Great Britain and Ireland. That 
decision to go into exporting was shaped by 
what Almond learned at Northwestern. 

"What Northwestern did for me was teach 
me to look outside at other methods of doing 
business. I learned things shouldn't always 
be done the way they have been done in the 
past," said Almond. "I also learned to look at 
an income statement and see more than just 
the bottom line." 

Almond was an honor graduate but re- 
members having to work extremely hard in 
his business courses. Some of his most diffi- 
cult but useful courses were those taught by 
Marie Burkhead in management, Greg 
Ulferts in statistics and Dean David 
Townsend in finance. 

"I never minded a hard class as long as I 
was learning," said Almond. "Dean 
Townsend's classes were hard to get into, and 
with Mr. Ulferts, you had to be there every 
day ready to learn." 

Looking back. Almond fondly remembers 
his activities as a member of Sigma Tau 
Gamma Fraternity. He also is glad to look 
back on events such as the State Fair Week- 
end in Shreveport. 

"That was the biggest weekend of the year. 
There were a lot of parties and activities 
around the game," he said. "Football games 
were a lot of fun. I never missed a home game 
when I was there." 

Almond has also been active in his com- 
munity as a former president of Riverdale 
Academy, a member of the Town of 
Coushatta's Zoning Board and a member of 
the Red River Parish Port Commission. He 
is also a former member of the Board of Di- 
rectors of the Coushatta - Red River Cham- 
ber of Commerce. 

And the Almond name will remain part of 
Northwestern as his daughter Amanda en- 
rolls this fall. 

"I was happy with the education I received 
at Northwestern. The faculty were among the 
best," said Almond. 

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is certified as an adaptive 
PE teacher and personal 

Allen Copeland Dawson, a 
resident of Natchitoches is 



John B. "Bax" Kegans is 

trainer. She has her own 

a sales manager for Wolf- 

Suzanne Alyss Groves is a 

Michael Rene Branighan is 

currently making his home 

personal trainer business 

Tec Inc., in Kingston. N.Y. 

kindergarten reading and 

engaged to be married in 

in Baton Rouge, and is 

called Dena's Fitness. 

' t ' 

math teacher with 

November 2000. He lives 

employed with Thomas 

Van Rodney Reed is 

Lewisville School District 

in Metairie and is working 

Steel in outside sales. 

Joseph Sean Lemoine lives 

currently the director of 
development at St. 
Edmund Catholic School 

in Lewisville, Ark. 

as the project manager/ 

in Dallas. Texas, and is 

estimator for Tom 

G. Matthew Bardweil is 

employed by Bickel & 

Mary Malinda Wanen lives 

Branighan Inc. Electrical 

the program director of 

Brewer. He still travels to 

in Eunice and is a 

in Humble, Texas, and is 


Res Care Inc. and lives in 

Louisiana to hunt and fish. 

freelance sports writer for 

employed with Dayton 


the Eunice News. He also 

Independent School 

Jaime Lynn Caillet is 

Carrie DeNan Mosley 

just published his first 

District as a fourth grade 

currently a physical 

Bryan Wayne Randolph 

Cooper is a decision 

book, ""Eunice's Ten 


therapy student at 

lives in Natchitoches and 

support manager with Gulf 

Greatest Athletes." 

LSUHSC in New Orleans. 

is a physician-podiatrist 

South Health Plans, and 

Alyson Colleen Courtney 

with the Foot Institute. 

lives in Baton Rouge. 

Lucia Creighton Welch is 

is a reporter with KAVU- 

Jennifer Leigh Coatney 

a first grade teacher at 

TV 25 in Victoria, Texas. 

Guffey lives in Stafford, 

Jessica Lou Thomley 


North Bayou Rapides 

Texas, and is the orchestra 

Bellina and her family 

Elementary. She is the 
mother of two children. 

Jeffrey Scott Iber coaches 

director for Garcia and 

were recently transferred 

Angela Renee Davis 

and teaches at Elizabeth 

First Colony Middle 

to southern Ontario from 

Easley is an underwriter 

Haley and Sam Welch. 

High School in Elizabeth. 


Lake Charles. She and her 

assistant employed by 

He is married to Tiffany 

husband have a little girl 

Radian Guaranty, Inc. 


Nowlin Iber ("98). 

Christopher Corey Conway 

named Jaden Elizabeth. 

She is living in Atlanta, 

is the assistant band 


Christie Nicole Dupuis 

Nicole Lynn Greig lives in 

director of Carthage 

Vanessa Ann Artigue 

Griffin is married to NSU 

New Iberia and is a 

Independent School 

Deville is a fifth grade 

Brian Robbins Dulin of St. 

graduate Frank Griftln. 

veterinary technician for 

District. He is living in 

teacher at Port Barre High 

Louis. Mo., is an account 

She is employed as a 

Robichaux Veterinary 


School. Her daughter, 

manager for Spectrum 

counselor with Vermilion 


Lauren Anne was born in 


Hospital for Psychiatric & 

Jaime R. Primm is a 


Addictive Medicine in 

Seth Thomas Jones lives in 

caseworker for Bedford 

Ryan Arthur Martin is 


Amite and is a safety 

County Children & Youth 


making his home in The 

technician with Harmony 

Services in Bedford, Penn. 

Woodlands, Texas. He is a 

Stephen Fleury graduated 

Construction Company. 

Diana Marie Bolen Shafer 

rehabilitation technology 

with a bachelor of science 

Chad H. Mills and his 

is an IT Manager with 

supplier with National 

degree in accounting from 

Melissa Renee" Springer 

wife, Angela Pine Mills 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of 

Seating and Mobility. 

NSU. He is currently 
employed as a controller 

McElwee is the business 

COO) co-own the business 

Louisiana in Baton Rouge. 

manager/branch coordina- 

Home Inncwations in 


for Turning Point 

tor for the Sabine Parish 


Reba Tipton Miller 

Solutions Group in 


married to Shane Miller 

Amy Panic Milam teaches 


Brad S. Poston is a 

('94) has a daughter. 

fourth grade at J. P. 

Kirsten Lee Freed married 

financial representative for 

Adeline Mae Miller They 

Timmons in Shreveport 

Charles "Buddy" 
Wollfarth is married to 

John Freed ('98). They are 

Northwestern Mutual 

live in Marshall, Te.xas. 

and is a creative memories 

currently living in 

Financial Network in 

She is employed with the 

consultant. She is married 

Marcia Richard Wollfarth 

Thousand Oaks, Calif., but 


Texas Workforce 

to Patrick Milam, and they 

( '96) and lives in Metairie. 

will reside in New Orleans. 


have two young sons. 

He is a business sales 

Vau Angelique Duffy 

representative for 

Allison R. Garlock Chavez 

resides in Shreveport and 

Anthony Shane Miller is a 

Amanda Lee Simmons is a 

is a convention sales 

is an interior designer for 

captain with Bombardier 

design consultant with 

manager with the Little 

Ethan Allen. 

Aerospace in Dallas, 

Ethan Allen Home 

Kristen Ann Zulick Dulin, 

Rock Convention & 


Interiors. She is living in 

wife of Brian Dulin ("95), 

Visitors Bureau in Little 

Chad Jarrett Davis recently 

Hyannis, Maine. 

is a sales representative for 
Ryerson Tull in St. Louis, 

Rock, Ark. She is living in 

married April Daigle ( '00). 

Gara L. Alexander Skiles 

Sherwood, Ark., with her 

They are making their 

lives in Killeen, Texas. She 

Grant William Crowder is 


husband, Jeffrey B. Chavez 

home in New Roads. He is 

married Jerry Skiles in 

the dean of men and is 


employed with Louisiana 

199S. Currently she is a 

women's Softball coach at 

James Robert Miller lives 

Generating LLC. 

counselor with Killeen 

Jones County Junior 

in Baton Rouge and is a 

Chad Ross Averett lives in 

Independent School 

College in Hllisville, Miss. 

manager for security link 

Baton Rouge. He is 

Sosna M. Myles is a 


from Amcrilech. 

employed with Farm 


Kimberly D. Nichols 

Bureau Insurance as a 

technologist with LA 

Christina Lynn Morgan 

Hawn of Bossier City is a 

Angela Robinson Ross 

Programmer I. 

Medical Diagnostics in 

lives in Leesville and is 

fourth grade teacher with 

recently moved to 


employed by Dr. Adelglass 

the Bossier Parish School 

Orlando. Fla. She will be 

Kristian Michael Gaudet 

& Associates. 


teaching fourth and fifth 

lives in Cut Off and is 

Suzi Lee Krucenski is a 

grade at Windermere 

working in Metairie as an 

joint interest accountant 

Anna M. Scpulvado- 

Joely lili/abeth Hodgeson 

Preparatory School, a 
premier private school in 

agent/registered representa- 

with Dominion Explora- 

Flctcher of A/tec, N.M., is 

Norrick teaches kindergar- 

tive for the Principal 

tion & Production, Inc. in 

working as a receptionist 

ten at Central Elementary 

the Orlando area. 

Financial Group. 

New Orleans. 

tor Temporarily Yours, and 

in Gon/.alcs. 

AU»-*^ CcUff^ fJl 2000 / 12 

Kevin Duane Brough lives in Natciiitoches and 
is woricing at Exchange Bank as director of 


Amy Cain Lot'tin Gurley is tiie owner and 
director of Kid's First Learning Center & 
Daycare in Logansport. 

In Memory 

'22 Constance Coker Evans, Saline, June 


'33 Helen Ozelle Boggs, Bossier City, 

April 24, 2000. 

'35 Jean Edgerton "Ed" Pierson, 

Natchitoches, Nov. 12, 1999. Mr. Pierson was a 
former president of the NSU Alumni Associa- 



12, 2000. 

Odessa James Winn, Natchitoches. 
Elizabeth Hebert, Baton Rouge, June 

'42 Cara Lee "C.L." Stames, Colfax, May 

26, 2000. 

'70 Marcie Ann Fowler Lafargue, 

Shreveport, May 25, 2000. 

Paul Centennial "Doc" Marx, 
Lafayette, May 27, 2000. 

Evelyn Ann Comeau, Oakdale, April 


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